Review: The Crookes @ The Globe, Cardiff

an action shot to beat all action shots
An album called Chasing After Ghosts was an album that helped me to my feet both literally and mentally. I came across The Crookes three years ago on an unfortunate sick day from school where, with a mound of both duvets and discarded tissues, I stumbled upon their spotify page. Now, when I say a sick day I mean I felt as if I had been physically glued to my bed and that my limbs were incapable of anything other than remaining static. Yet, as I clicked the shuffle button on their first ever album and the beating of a drum replaced the bleak silence I had been sat in I felt almost revitalised. A song called Chorus of Fools filled the empty air and it was the kind of song that it seemed a crime not to dance to; so that is exactly what I did. I twirled around until the feeling of dizziness overcame any illness within and I went on to loop that same song for the remainder of the day. So that is why seeing it live this month was, for me, on a whole new level of cool.

I can honestly say as I stood in a small venue in Cardiff and heard those opening drum beats to Chorus of Fools I was whisked right back to that one moment. The fairy lights that lined the walls around me and the blur of people all took little priority as I enjoyed that one moment of invisibility. That one moment that allowed me to travel back in time and remember discovering a band that have never failed to get me up on my feet.

On February 18th, indie rock band The Crookes were met with what I would have described as an extraordinarily small crowd. I've had my fair share of small gigs but the inhabitants of this venue consisted of barely enough people to fill a school assembly hall. Throughout support act Misty Miller nobody seemed to want to be the one to make the first move and step towards the stage. Fortunately, Misty filled the uncomfortable gap at the front of the room with incredible vocals. After notifying us that her band were stuck in traffic she took to the stage alone and shocked us all with a voice that was enough to cause anyone to choke on their drink - including my brother. She had such power and control that, despite being a penniless girl out to see some live music on a windy Thursday evening, even I couldn't refrain from handing her my five pound note in return for her latest EP. I had to go without a drink for the rest of the night but it was a small, worthwhile sacrifice that now means each morning can be filled with her songs once more.

At 9.30pm the four Sheffield lads that make up The Crookes took to the stage. Opening up with track 'Where Did Our Love Go' from their album Hold Fast there was very little I could do to prevent myself from singing and dancing along in time (but not quite in tune). They followed this with songs 'Maybe In The Dark' and 'Sofie', each of which start to receive more of an enthusiastic reaction from those in the room. It quickly became clear that The Crookes are a band that are not only consistently releasing an extensive amount of good music but a band that can kill a live show. I still question why they are yet to receive any widespread acclaim for taking on the music industry with their instruments in hand and giving it one hell of a a kick up the backside.

The rest of the setlist consisted of a selection of songs across all of their various albums. This included old favourites like Backstreet Lovers and a large chunk of their newly released album Lucky Ones. 'When You're Fragile' and 'Play Dumb' representing album Soapbox were both punchy and bursting with life. Misty Miller also returned to the stage partway through the sixteen part setlist to assist performing beautifully written B-side 'Ex-Lovers'. Band frontman, George Waite, claimed the stage as his own and I often watched in wonder as his long blonde mop featured as much action as a television hair commercial. George, alongside Dan, Tom and Croftsy, were not afraid to let lose as is clearly demonstrated in the action shot above. Each of them could plainly feel a connection with what they were playing and sweet serendipity meant this could be shared with every single one of us.

If you ever find yourself with the chance to experience The Crookes both live or through your computer screen I urge you to grasp it with both hands. I will continue to long for people to listen until this four-piece are playing sold out shows in the large venues that they deserve. Even if that means that, as I did in Cardiff, I won't be able to have a casual chat with them at the merch stand following the show I will still long for people to open there ears to what is a truly infectious sound complemented with song writing that would put us all to shame. In saying that, if they continue to play these intimate shows there is nothing that will stop me coming back again and again for more.

As The Crookes say in their track 'Outsiders', "everyone you love will leave you in the end". But not good music. Good music stays with us forever.

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  1. I love going to gigs, live music is so much better!

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